Startup Weekend Hong Kong #9

    Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend Hong Kong #9

Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015

Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

16 Sze Shan Street
C1 MG/F Yau Tong Ind. Bldg. Block 2, Yau Tong
Hong Kong, Kowloon

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Startup Weekend is a global movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 2,900+ past events in 150 countries around the world to date. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model:
  • Anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers;
  • Teams are formed around the top ideas (determined by popular vote);
  • Then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation.
  • The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.
Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups.

Why should you register?

Build your network
Startup Weekend attracts the best makers and do-ers. By spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real world problems, you will build long-lasting relationships and possibly walk away with a job or even an investor.

Actually launch a business
You as a participant of this event and the presenter of your idea can join this community to actually work upon your idea and build your business under guidance and support of global, national and local supporters and collaborators. Take your idea to prototype.

Get face time with thought leaders
Get one-on-one time with the experienced startup community leaders and mentors. Meet and get valuable feedback from a panel of judges and startup coaches.

Join a global community
Startup Weekend alumni span across all the continents and scores of cities.

Startup Weekends are all about learning through the art of creating. Build your own strategy and test it as you go

Participation Fees
Tickets are priced at HK$ 280 - for all the participants - Technical (Designers/Coders) and Non-Technical(Business) roles. This includes 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 3 dinners, with loads of Energy drinks and snacks to keep you going all weekend long.

加入我們11月的活動, 開展你下一個偉大的創業點子!

創業週末是一場全球性運動, 給一群活躍, 授權的創業者學習創業基本知識, 並開展成功的企業.  創業週末是世界上最大的激情創業者社區, 迄今已在全球 150個國家舉辦超過 2900 場活動. 由蒙古到南非到倫敦到巴西, 世界各地的人都聚在一起在週末的研討會上 pitch (投售), 組隊及創業.

  • 所有的參賽者均可 pitch (投售) 他們的創業點子並獲得朋輩的意見; 
  • 根據,票數最高的創業點子組建團隊;
  • 54小時內創立商業模式、編碼、設計及市場驗證; 
  • 當參賽者將項目在本地的創業領導人前展示, 就是創業週末的頂峰, 並是另一個獲得反饋的機會. 
  • 無論創業者是想在 9-5 後, 建立公司、找一個共同創始人、認識新朋友或是學習一種新技能, 能保證的是, 所有參賽者都會有更好的準備在混亂但充滿趣味的創業世界裡航行. 






所有的參加者的門票收費為HK$280- 包括兩份早餐、一份午餐、三份晚餐、能量飲品和其他小吃,助你整個週末充沛活力。

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Friday November 20th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday November 21st

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday November 22nd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Fergus Clarke
Founder and COO at Lamplight Analytics

Fergus is a market researcher by trade and a co-founder of Asia social media insights specialists Lamplight Analytics. He has held senior research positions in Asia, Europe and the Middle East, most recently as Head of Research in North Asia for PR giant Edelman. Fergus currently leads product development and design for Lamplight and helped raise over $1.5M USD in seed funding, one of the largest seed investments ever made in Hong Kong.

Jennifer Cheng

Jennifer Cheng is the Founder, Chief Glam Girl AKA CEO and Creator of Glam-It! by JennGlamCo, a global beauty fashion and lifestyle technology brand.  Born in the US and raised in Brookline MA, Jenn was a piano prodigy who completed the pre-college program at New Conservatory of Music while studying at Boston University Academy and BU School for the Arts.  Jenn graduated from Brown University with a BA in International Relations and received an MBA from Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, following a career as an actress and model in New York City.   Post MBA, Jenn became known in Asia as a millennial serial entrepreneur holding senior positions in several technology and eCommerce companies, including Director of Business Development for Darizi, Director of Business Development APAC for Rackspace (NSYE: RAX), Vice President of uBuyiBuy (acquired by Groupon in 2010) and Queen Bee AKA Vice President of BEECRAZY (acquired then listed as Ensogo Group, ASX: EN88).  She also co-founded and was the President of Glamabox, launching the subscription commerce beauty box business to Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and China.

Cesar Harada
Founder & Director of MakerBay

Founder of MakerBay | Environmentalist, inventor and educator. Cesar Jung-Harada is a French-Japanese who believes that nature, human and technology can coexist in harmony. Currently based in Hong Kong, he is the Director of Scoutbots, Makerbay, CEO and creator of Protei, a revolutionary sailing technology.

Cesar has dedicated his life to explore and protect the ocean with open technologies. He received his Master of Arts in Design Interactions from the Royal College of Art in London where he won the Ars Electronica Golden Nica with his Master graduation project.

Additionally, Cesar is a TED Senior Fellow, a former MIT Project leader, IBM Figure of Progress, Shuttleworth foundation and Ocean Exchange grantee and recipient of Hong Kong StartMeUp Grand Award in 2014. 

Lawrence Morgan

Both as an entrepreneur and startup investor, Lawrence has built businesses across a range of sectors including property, media, finance, marketing and manufacturing. Happiest when solving strategic business challenges, Lawrence is an advisor to startups, governments and multi-national corporates on developing the global startup ecosystem.Lawrence is committed and passionate about helping businesses achieve rapid growth, providing mentorship to a wide range of startups (holding board directorships at over 20 companies), advising corporates on implementing innovation and sharing his experiences as a panelist at global startup events.As a mentor, Lawrence focuses on strategic planning, managing for growth, legal and risk management. His renowned attention to detail and ‘structured logic’ methodology has led him to become a well-established investor and advisor.Previously an entrepreneur himself, Lawrence founded, built up and successfully exited a number of companies in Asia across the property and lifestyle sectors.Lawrence was formerly a credit trader at JPMorgan for over 10 years in London, New York and Hong Kong.

Coaches and Mentors

JC Awe
Senior Enterprise Mobility Engineer, Engineering

JC Awe possesses 15+ years of experience in the banking and financial industries with Visa Inc. , Crédit Agricole CIB and CSL Mobile Limited. Stage to launch Codalis SA experience to Hong Kong markets.
He will able to provide insights on the emerging markets in Internet of Things (IoT), Fintech, Payments, telecommunication sectors.

Brice de Matharel
B2B Tech Entrepreneur

I am a B2B tech entrepreneur, driven by client satisfaction and effective internal coordination. I believe that education will more and more come from corporates and last way beyond university. Co-founder 2 companies from scratch, currently re-inventing corporate training through micro-learning mobile programs.

Karena Belin

Karena co-founded W Hub out of Passion and Admiration for the Entrepreneurial spirit and the conviction that too many Talent is under-leveraged. It was time to make a difference, to help the Startup Ecosystem open up and grow and give Talent access to a job they really care about.
Originally from Germany, Karena has worked over 14 years for Procter & Gamble in leading roles in Finance, Sales, Business Planning and Management across Germany, France, North East Asia and Greater China.
Her experience spans over areas such as controlling, product launches, portfolio management, strategic business planning, organisation re-design, competitive intelligence and negotiations.
Karena is also very passionate about driving diversity and inclusion and as such active as SVP of Business Development and Communications at WoW (Women on the Way-up) of the American Women Association in Hong Kong. And she loves being involved in her daughters’ school as VP of Events in the Parent Faculty Organisation of the Hong Kong International School (HKIS).

Ada Yip
Executive Director, Urban Spring

Ada is currently the Executive Director at Urban Spring, a start-up with a mission is to reduce the consumption of single-use plastic and its first product is reliable water dispenser that can be made available in public areas for citizens to refill their re-usable bottles. She has also recently founded 43 Ventures with 3 like-minded entrepreneurs who share the same commitment in supporting innovative start-ups. Prior to these recent ventures, Ada was the Program Director of the i2i (incubation to investment) program at SOW Asia. Ada is on the board of Hong Kong Institute of Social Impact Analysts, Education For Good (CIC) Limited and Teach4HK. Ada is also a mentor under the Mentoring Program for Women Leaders at The Women’s Foundation and the Hong Kong University Alumni Entrepreneur Club. Ada is dedicated to supporting the entrepreneurship development in Hong Kong, especially startups with a positive social or environmental impact.  

Jessica Cheung

Jessica was first captivated by the start-up world through her exposure to the London scene, and joins NEST with the ambition of raising the profile of Hong Kong into becoming a major international start-up hub. Jessica was formerly part of the Digital and Media Marketing team at Jamie Oliver Ltd. in London, working closely with the team on their first product launch in China. Prior to Jamie Oliver Ltd., Jessica worked at Founders’ Forum in London, a company connecting high profile entrepreneurs globally, having previously hosted Richard Branson, Reid Hoffman, and a range of Silicon Valley veterans. At Founders’ Forum Jessica focused on launching and then growing their philanthropic arm, ‘Founders Forum for Good’, culminating in a 500-strong event in June 2013. Jessica joins NEST as a graduate of University College London.

Dr. Jamie Chiu
Founder & Clinical Psychologist, LULIO

Jamie is on a mission to inspire teens, help them find purpose and belonging. She was born in Hong Kong, spent her childhood in Ghana, and her teens in Australia, where she had difficulty adapting and felt isolated, leading to struggles with anxiety and poor self-esteem.

Now, as a clinical psychologist, Jamie wants to make sure that support is always available for teens who are struggling.

In 2012, she co-created a positive youth development organisation where her team delivers in-school programmes and support for at-risk teens across Hong Kong.

However, she began to realise that in-person psychological services are limited in scale, leaving many students’ needs unmet. To address this, Jamie founded LULIO [] in 2015 to help schools better understand their students’ mental health needs with accurate and scalable digital depression screening. LULIO offers tools for better communication and strengthened relationships between schools, parents, and teens.

In recognition of her on-going work to help at-risk youth, Jamie was selected as a Forbes 30 Under 30 in Asia for Social Entrepreneurship.

Niomal Liyanage

A founder and business mentor, Nio started his career at Apple before building extensive experience as a Management Consultant for blue chip companies across Asia and Australia.

Since shifting focus to startups, he has provided strategic, operational & fundraising support to over one hundred ventures; with an approach of combining startup principles with established best practices. He regularly conducts workshops & bootcamps, and holds advisory roles for numerous startups, VC funds & accelerator programmes.

Having lived in four vastly different countries, Nio speaks five languages (none fluently!) and gets overly excited about sport, philanthropy and technology.

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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Hong Kong is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Atin
  • Karen
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  • Ms Joyce
  • Mark
  • Arna
  • Felix
  • Victoria
  • Matthieu
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Matthieu Bodin
Regional Manager for Greater China - Techstars Startup Programs

Firm believer in Startup Weekend’s motto “All Action, No Talk”, Matthieu has been organising these events in Hong Kong since 2012. It aims at creating the perfect context for total strangers to create a startup within 54 hours. 

He is the Regional Manager Greater China for Techstars Startup Programs.
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